ANUNNAKI LEGACIES Entheogens, Holotropics & Tantra

By Sasha Alex Lessin, Ph.D., (Anthropology, UCLA), Grof-Certified Holotropic Breathworker 

Here’s a method that grew out of Anunnaki entheogenic journeying and sexual practices but requires no substances other than air. 

Combine Holotropic Breathwork with your tantric practice to open up to Source and remember who you really are. Breathe, share breath, reconnect to the divine and create divine partnerships that energize your life, create ecstasy and bliss. A matron, reliving her childhood, rocks and wails, held by a woman half her age; an athlete, re-experiencing his birth, desperately pushes his head through the hands of his partner; a smiling priest sits in lotus and for the first time knows the oneness with God he has preached about for years. About them on pads in the dimly-lit room lie a dozen other close-eyed, hypnotized “breathers”, each attended by a partner. Some breathers writhe, shriek or cry; others remain still, silent and peaceful. Inundated by evocative music and encouraged by focused bodywork, all are deeply immersed in the unfolding of their inner worlds.

These workshop participants are engaged in a powerful growth process: Holotropic Breathwork. Holotropic Breathwork grew from a challenge confronted in 1976 by psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center. Grof and his colleagues had created the most effective psychotherapy ever developed. But the American and other governments banned their work.
75 years of meticulous scientific research had proven LSD-assisted psychotherapy the most effective treatment for alcohol and narcotics addiction, emotional, psychosomatic and relational problems, and for the anguish of terminal cancer. Psychedelics, in controlled settings with expert guidance, had also proven invaluable for those seeking personal and spiritual growth.

LSD–a non-specific emotional amplifier with no adverse physical side-effects–let patients watch their unconscious. They saw, felt and resolved painful memories, womb experiences, images of past-lives and spiritual sequences. They released inner conflicts and trapped feelings that had led to their problems. They relaxed, enjoyed life and responded well to stress. Yet, reacting to widespread public abuse and hysteria, the U.S. and other nations ended all legal LSD therapy. Grof had found a therapy that solved most mental health and growth needs but could not use it.

He left government employ and signed on as Scholar-in-Residence at Esalen Growth Center in Big Sur, California. There, over the next decade, he explored alternative, nondrug, means of reaching the deep healing that resides in the unconscious. His wife, Christina, helped him combine methods from art, primal, gestalt, music, movement and Jungian therapy with bioenergetics, psychosynthesis and rebirthing as well as ancient and modern spiritual and shamanic practices. Their synthesis, Holotropic (which means moving toward wholeness) Therapy, met the challenge of a safe, legal means for self-directed inner exploration of the unconscious as powerful as LSD therapy.

Breathwork’s a heady blend. A Grof workshop frees and uplifts you if you can handle deep emotions and welcome spiritual experiences. Only if. Breathwork’s too strong for very disturbed–or weak-hearted–people.

A Holotropic session starts tamely enough. The leader tells participants to expect repressed memories, womb feelings, past-life pictures and spiritual visions.

Participants pair up. One partner of each pair, “the breather,” reclines, watched by his partner. The leader suggests breathers relax deeply, breathe faster and more fully and notice images behind their closed eyes. For a few breathers, these relaxed beginnings deepen into blissful memories of pleasures and triumphs in life, intimations of floating in a loving womb, of un-drugged birth into a loving family.
But for a breather who feels trapped or one who never stops struggling, nightmarish images unfold. If he feels trapped, he’ll likely remember times he felt helpless and hopeless. He imagines caged animals, a fetus caught in a womb he’s outgrown, a concentration camp, Hell.

If a breather’s a compulsive struggler, he remembers conflicts; he pictures war or battles with animals. He may arch his neck and push like a fetus fighting for birth.

His feelings may build for two hours, climax and release. Now relaxed and reflective, he draws a mandala to symbolize his experience.

Then the other half of the group breathes. Then all participants review the workshop. What do they get?

Most get freedom. Freedom from being pushed-around by their own internal, unconscious forces. Grofwork frees people from confusing the present with their internal images. When you recognize your images, they stop dimming your view, damping your delight.

More on Holotropic Breathing at

For iterations of tantra practices that grew from the tantra teachings the Anunnaki, see







In this easy-to-read, fully-illustrated manual, you learn to teach lovers and seekers how to:

* Master advanced tantra techniques
* Open all energy vortexes (chakras) to each other
* Refine relations
* Encourage female ejaculation and master male ejaculatory control
* Find meaning and purpose in relationships and life
* Reprogram parent imprints that diminish sex and love * Get satisfaction and sustain sex
* Mutually make more in sexualloving
* Delve dreams and pastlives
* Worship women and gratify guys

Also by the Lessins:


TANTRA for ALL CHAKRAS guides you through experiences that help you:

* Love each other more and better
* Open your energy vortexes (chakras) to each other
* Share your diverse inner-voices
* Learn what hurts and scares your Inner Kids
* Discern when to lower your subself shields
* Share vulnerability and connect with each other
* Synergize your inner selves’ dance within and between you
* Refine how you relate
* Heal each other’s hearts
* Encourage female ejaculation
* Master male ejaculatory control


SASHA ALEX LESSIN, PH.D. (U.C.L.A.) taught Sex Education in the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Leeward Community College and the Professional School for Psychological Studies. He served as Director of Counseling at the Waikiki Drug Center and has counseled relationships, guided spiritual journeywork and taught tantra for over forty years.

JANET KIRA LESSIN, naturally tantric, joined Sasha as his co-teacher and presenter and together they developed, All-Chakra Tantra as Janet worked through her sexual abuse traumas and learned how to facilitate others’ reprogramming.

The LESSINS taught Tantra at Maui Community College, World Polyamory Association, World Tantra Association conferences, the School of Tantra on Maui and The Phoenix Goddess Temple.

They’ve appeared on numerous TV shows and on hundreds of radio shows and have written 10 books and counting. for experientials to uplevel your relationship. 

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